i walked down the block, and i started seeing water coming on to cedar grove, and i started yelling and banging on doors for everybody to get out of their houses, because this is going to be a storm of disastrous magnitude. >> i was, as a scientist, fascinated, but as a citizen of this city, as time went on, i started to feel more and more actual fear. >> in new york, as the eye of the storm approached, wind gusts reached 75 miles per hour, and the flood waters outside nick camerada's house were rising, fast. >> try to move the car up the street a little bit, i almost didn't get back to the house. and i couldn't open the door because there was 3 or 4 feet of water outside the door. when i grabbed the front door of my house, i got zapped by the power from the transformer on the pole. i got paralyzed, knocked to my feet. felt like somebody grabbed my ankles, my body curled up.